“Businesses and educators must work together” to ensure young people are aware of FE opportunities

Recent research from Barclays has demonstrated that young people are not fully aware of the opportunities available to them when they leave school, it has been reported.

Apprenticeships in a wide range of sectors are now available, meaning a university degree is not the only way for young people to achieve their ambitions.

The latest Barclays LifeSkills Barometer revealed that over half of young people aged 14-25 would consider an apprenticeship and yet most were unaware that such a wide range of industries offered them. For example, only 24% of those surveyed were aware that apprenticeships were available in the insurance sector.

Mike Thompson, Head Employability Programmes at Barclays said: “It’s fantastic to see so many apprenticeships opening up across a variety of industries, all of which give young people more choice’s when they leave education. Our apprenticeship programme is offering roles in corporate and investment banking, technology and digital marketing for the first time this year.

“With A-level results out this week it is vital that these young people are aware of all the opportunities available to them. Businesses and educators need to work together to ensure that young people know what is on offer, and how to access it.”